(c) 1995 Reuter Information Service
HARARE (Oct 16, 1995 - 13:24 EDT) - Brilliant fast bowling by
Allan Donald and determined batting by Hansie Cronje helped South
Africa to a seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe with a day and a
half to spare in a one-off test on Monday.
Donald produced the fifth-best bowling figures in South African
test history, snapping up the last two wickets in the first 17
minutes on the fourth day to help dismiss Zimbabwe for 283 in
their second innings.
Donald finished with eight for 71 in the second innings and a
match analysis of 11 for 113.
Paul Strang was his first victim on Monday, gloving a ***
lifter to wicketkeeper Dave Richardson. Last man Charlie Lock had
no answer to the full-length delivery that bowled him in the
fourth over of the morning.
That completed Donald's best haul in a test innings, although his
12 for 139 against India in Port Elizabeth in 1992 remains his
best match return. He has taken 95 wickets in 20 tests.
Only Hugh Tayfield (twice), Sibley Snooke and Goofy Lawrence have
produced better figures for South Africa in a test innings.
Cronje settled a brief crisis in the pursuit of the 108 runs
South Africa needed for victory with an unbeaten innings of 56
after three wickets had fallen for 48 runs.
The South Africans lost opener Andrew Hudson, scorer of 135 in
the first innings, to a cunning piece of captaincy by Andy
Aware of Hudson's tendency to drive in the air on the on side,
Flower posted Bryan Strang at deep mid-wicket in the fourth
over. Lock delivered a leg-stump half-volley and Hudson offered
Strang the catch.
Fellow opener Gary Kirsten followed 10 overs later when he edged
Lock to Flower behind the stumps and Cronje should have perished
as well when an edge off Lock was spilled by Mark Dekker at
Jonty Rhodes was bowled five minutes before lunch when a ball
from Heath Streak took an inside edge and hit the stumps. But
Cronje and Brian McMillan took South Africa to their target
without further alarm.
The victory was South Africa's fifth in consecutive tests, which
equalled their most successful run ever.
But, unlike the final test of the 1966/67 series against
Australia and the four tests of the 1969/70 series, there was
only one captain -- Cronje -- involved in the current run of
victories against New Zealand (three), Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
McMillan became the fourth South African to score 1,000 runs and
take 50 wickets in tests, while wicketkeeper Richardson fell one
dismissal short of a world record.
Richardson finished his 23rd test with 99 dismissals, just
failing to break Australian Wally Grout's record as the fastest
man to 100. Grout completed 100 dismissals in his 24th test in